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Bethany Lutheran Elkader

A congregation of the ELCA

 

Worship

Sundays at 8:45 AM

ADdRESS

307 3rd St. NE

Elkader, IA 52043

OFFICE HOURS

Tuesday & Thursday 1-4 pm

Email

bethanychurch@alpinecom.net

Phone

563-245-1856

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Upcoming events

See our calendar for more.

 

Worship at Bethany

WORSHIP AND COMMUNION

At Bethany Lutheran we worship weekly with a lively, low-pressure service on Sundays at 8:45 am. It usually lasts around an hour. We celebrate open communion every Sunday, which means anyone who has been instructed can take communion, no matter what type of church you associate with.

We have a great pastor, and great music leaders, and we always sing loudly. We do not always sing well. New voices can only improve the situation, so join us.

Bethany is an open, accepting congregation that promotes social justice and welcomes everyone regardless of racial, sexual, or gender identity. This is a small town church—we're more interested in who you are than how you are labeled.

 

ACCESSIBILITY

If you have trouble getting around, that's alright. Our worship and fellowship area is entirely handicap accessible. The front door is wheel chair accessible, and the back door has a stair lift to the sanctuary. 

We also have headphones for the hearing impaired and large print worship materials.

You can call ahead if you have any questions or would like help getting around. Our ushers will be happy to give you a hand.

You can read this guide for specific logistical advice on getting into the building and participating in worship if you have physical limitations. The guide also includes info for parents with young children.

 

FINDING THE CHURCH BUILDING

Bethany is situated on the top of a hill on the north side of the Turkey River, and can be easy to miss if you aren't looking for it. There is a gravel parking lot behind the church, or you can park on the street in front.

Here's where it is on the map. We also have a printable guide.

 

 

Leaders

Pastor Susan Friedrich

cell phone: 563-422-7882

home phone: 563-422-6242

email: friedrichsusan@gmail.com

Elaine Diers, Secretary

office phone: 563-245-1856  

email: bethanychurch@alpinecom.net

Council Members

President Dennis Eberhardt

Vice President Ron Bossard

Secretary Kathy Ruhser

Executive Board Member Keith Garms

Kim Heller

Marjorie Taylor

Penny Vans Coy

Treasurer Steve Clausen

LAy Worship Leaders

Accompanists Sandra Bahls, Martha Bauder, & Kathy Garms

Choir Director Kathy Ruhser

Staff

Pastor Susan Friedrich

Parish Secretary Elaine Diers

Financial Secretary Connie Ruhser

Custodian Tracy Nemechek

Affiliations and Links

ELCA

NORTHEASTERN IOWA SYNOD

EWALU CAMP & RETREAT CENTER

SHEPHERD OF THE HILLS

LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF

LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICES IN IOWA

LUTHERAN IMMIGRATION REFUGEE SERVICE

RECONCILING IN CHRIST